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5 Tips Saving On Your PS4 or Xbox One Experience

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:30

5 Tips Saving On Your PS4 or Xbox One Experience is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Though we haven’t quiet reached the lofty prices Sony demanded for the PS3 ten years ago, Sony’s new PS4 gaming console and Microsoft’s Xbox One console aren’t exactly cheap.

Until recently the PS4 had the lowest price of the two. At $399, PS4 buyers get everything they need to start playing right away. Joining the black PS4 system in every box is a single DualShock 4 wireless controller, HDMI cable, a power cable, a wired headset and a USB charging cable so that gamers are never in a situation in which their controller has died and they’re unable to continue playing the favorite games.

What buyers get with the Xbox One is slightly more complicated. Earlier this week Microsoft began stocking store shelves with a $399 Xbox One. For comparison, the original Xbox One cost users $499. The differences between the two consoles all come down to not having a single accessory: the Kinect 2 sensor. $399 Xbox One buyers won’t have the sensor in the box, instead they’ll need to purchase it separately later this year. Without the Kinect 2 sensor, many of the Xbox One’s most interesting television features go right out the window. Both versions of the Xbox One come with an HDMI cable, a single wireless controller and a power cable.

For those on the fence about purchasing an Xbox One or PS4 this year. The costs of ownership can be daunting. Gaming may have gotten more visually appealing with this latest generation, but it definitely hasn’t gotten cheaper. Here are some tips for saving on the costs associated with a PS4 or Xbox One.

Buy Used

First and foremost, the easiest way to save on a next generation gaming console is going to be to pick one up used. The trick isn’t just to pick it up used, though, the idea is to pick one up used from a source that tests consoles and has a return policy.

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In that case, there’s really only one national chain who specializes in used console game sales: GameStop. Currently the used Xbox One with Kinect 2 sensor is priced at just $449.99. That’s roughly $50 lower than what that same Xbox One with Kinect bundle costs otherwise. The company doesn’t yet offer a used version of the Xbox One without Kinect.

Ironically, potential PS4 users stand to save a lot less if they purchase that console. GameStop sells used PS4 systems for $379. That’s certainly a lower price than what the console costs new, but $20 isn’t exactly a lot of money. Still, that’s extra money that could go towards a few months of the PlayStation Plus subscription service that’s required to play online, or towards a gift card for purchasing videos and music.

Read: Don’t Get Scammed Buying an Xbox One or PS4 – 3 Tips to Avoid a Ripoff

Buy Bundles

PS4 on the PS Vita.

The idea of bundles aren’t necessarily new to video games. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have bundled their consoles together with games for years. Now retailers themselves are getting in on the action in new ways, making it easier for customers to get the console’s entire experience on the cheap.

For example, GameStop offers more than a few interesting bundles for the PS4 on their website. For those looking to just get a game there’s the PlayStation 4 inFamous Second Son Bundle for $479. Buyers of that bundle get inFamous Second Son and a three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus where they can download more games for free and play against others. That’s roughly a $25 savings.

A PlayStation 4 Remote Play Bundle actually includes the PS4 console itself and an accompanying PS Vita handheld gaming system for $559.98.

Microsoft’s own retail stores offer a pretty decent bundle deal for potential Xbox One buyers too. The Xbox One + Kinect Ultimate Bundle gets users the Xbox One console itself, a Kinect 2 sensor, a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold for online gaming and free game downloads, two wireless controllers and a protection plan. Also included in the bundle are digital copies of Dead Rising 3, Forza 5 Motorsport, & Ryse: Son of Rome. The entire bundle costs $799.99 from the Microsoft Store’s website.

Buy in 2015

So far, all of these ways to save have involved spending money today. It should also be noted that waiting to buy an Xbox One or PS4 could save users a fortune too. It used to be that gaming consoles didn’t see price cuts and bundle reconfigurations for years after their introduction, but Microsoft broke the mold when it decided to release a cheaper Xbox One without Kinect within the console’s first year on store shelves.  Simply put, the Xbox One and PS4 and their games are going to get cheaper over time. If saving money on getting these new experiences is a big deal, it’s a great idea to just wait until the holiday season, or even next year, before investing in these systems.

Buy a Subscription Up Front

Sometimes saving money up front isn’t really as important as saving money overall. It’s in those situations that paying for an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription service for a full year makes the most sense.

Take Xbox Live Gold, for example. Earlier this month Microsoft changed the service so that users could access apps on the system without having a subscription. That being said, a subscription is still required for playing online with friends and family. Paying for Xbox Live Gold monthly costs users $10 or $120 a year. Paying for that same 12 month span up-front costs just $59.99.

This isn’t exclusive to Microsoft’s consoles either. A year’s subscription to PlayStation Plus is even cheaper at $49.99. Paying more now saves users from paying a lot more later. That’s especially true since PlayStation Plus also costs $9.99 a month and is now required to play online.

Buy With a Trade In

Finally, there’s buying with a trade-in. Users who don’t have plans for the console they are replacing might be better off simply taking their Xbox 360 or PS3 with them and trading it in towards its newer counterpart. It’s a great way to rid yourself of clutter and save a little cash.

The trick is that, like buying used consoles, it’s very easy to get taken advantage of when trading in a console. Best Buy would only offer users $30 if they traded in an Xbox 360 with 60GB of storage and two wireless controllers. Clearly that $30 isn’t going to make much of a dent in the price of buying a new console. PS3 users can only get $40 from a 60GB PS3 with two controllers. GameStop’s trade-in values are similar, but the company does offer boosts in trade-in value from time to time.

It’s best to check on that trade-in value before heading off to the store.

Good luck saving on your Xbox One and PS4 purchase. Remember to keep an eye out for any new deals and any big changes that Microsoft or Sony make in their console line up to potentially save even more.

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5 Tips Saving On Your PS4 or Xbox One Experience is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Sync PDFs with Your iPad

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:15

How to Sync PDFs with Your iPad is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The .PDF file format is arguably the most popular for digital paperwork and we’re going to show you how to sync and view PDFs on your iPad.

With more and more people going “green” in order to keep the environment as clean as possible, many users are saving paper and printing less by taking advantage of digital books and other digital literature that might normally be printed on paper.

We’ve shown you how to set up iBooks and get your content synced across multiple devices, but we’re gonna show you how you can manage your PDF files on your iPad

Unlike a regular computer, you simply just can’t download or copy/paste a PDF to your iPad and view it right away using a PDF viewer of your choice. This is one caveat to Apple’s so-called “walled garden,” where the company likes to lock down its ecosystem in order to keep it secure and exclusive.

However, this doesn’t mean you still can’t easily view PDFs on your iPad. In fact, there are several ways to do so, some of which are easier than others, but we’ll go through a couple of options that you can try out to see which one works best for you and your workflow.

Syncing PDFs with iTunes

If you want your PDF documents to be viewable on all of your Apple devices, it’s currently not possible through iCloud and you’ll have to do it the manual way. That is, sync your PDFs to all of your Apple devices separately through iTunes.

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Read: Apple’s iBooks is a Mess

It’s definitely a pain in the butt, but it’s the only way to have your PDFs in iBooks on all of your iOS and OS X devices. This is because Apple only syncs content in iBooks through iCloud that have been purchased from Apple, so PDFs that you downloaded yourself from a third-party source can’t be synced over iCloud.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to sync PDFs from your computer to any of your iOS devices. To do this, simply open up iBooks on your Mac and drag-n-drop any PDFs into the iBooks application. They’ll now appear in your iBooks library on your Mac.

From there, plug your iPad into your Mac and open up iTunes. Then click on your iPad in iTunes and select the Books tab toward the top. Put a checkmark next to Sync Books and you can either sync all of your books in one swoop or select only certain books to be synced to your iPad. Then click Apply in the lower-right corner to start the syncing process.

Once it’s done syncing, your PDFs will now be viewable on your iPad, from which you can view them in the iBooks application.

Using Cloud Storage to Sync & View PDFs

Perhaps the easiest way to sync PDFs across all of your devices is to store them on a cloud service, that way you just need to drag-n-drop PDFs into the cloud storage folder and they’ll be available on all of your devices that have the cloud app installed.

Arguably the most popular choices are Dropbox and Google Drive, and we’re guessing you already use one of these. All you have to do is make sure you have the app installed on all of your devices, including your computer (although you can upload files from the web interface if you want) and make sure you’re logged into your account on all of them.

From there, you can add PDF files to your Dropbox or Google Drive folder and they’ll show up on all of your devices in a matter of moments. To view them, both Dropbox and Google Drive have their own built-in PDF viewer, so you don’t need any third-party utilities to open up your PDFs.

The only downside to using cloud storage is that you’ll need an internet connection, unless you’re able to save PDF files for offline use, which many cloud apps are able to do.

Email PDFs to Yourself

The next best option is to email PDF files to yourself and view them on your iPad from your email client. It’s not as easy as using a cloud storage service, but it’s easy to do if you don’t use the cloud.

If you use Gmail, you can simply open up the PDF file right in Gmail and view it without any third-party help. If you use Apple’s default Mail app, there are a couple more steps you’ll need to take.

Specifically, when you tap on the PDF file, you’ll want to tap the Share button in the upper-right corner and then select Open in iBooks. iBooks will open and you can view your PDF from there. Furthermore, when you use iBooks to open a PDF, the app will automatically save a copy of the PDF to your iBooks PDF shelf. These PDFs will then sync to your iTunes library the next time you sync your iOS device with iTunes.

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How to Sync PDFs with Your iPad is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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The 10 Best Xbox One, PS4 & Wii U Games from E3 2014

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:30

The 10 Best Xbox One, PS4 & Wii U Games from E3 2014 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Depending on whether you tend to prefer hardcore games or online multiplayer, E3 2014 was either the most exciting week in gaming since Microsoft and Sony’s dueling Xbox One and PS4 launches, or something akin to a lullaby.

The reasoning behind the giant differences in opinion aren’t hard to understand either.

Microsoft, in an attempt to recover from what most hard-core gamers considered a colossal failure last year, spent its entire E3 2014 briefing talking about nothing but games coming to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this year. To be fair, it also shared early looks for games that are coming to the Xbox One in 2015 and further. It was interesting to see the company take fan criticism to heart.

On the opposite side of the spectrum was Sony’s E3 2014 press conference. Whereas Microsoft was under a significant amount of pressure to get that core gaming audience excited about exclusives and games with early release content, Sony was free to talk about both gaming and the intersection of its gaming platforms and other entertainment like original television shows. In short, Sony did exactly what Microsoft was criticized for doing last year, except that it provided details about everything that it announced.

Then there was Nintendo. Nintendo didn’t have much to share about future hardware, but it definitely didn’t need to. Instead the company showed off games, new NFC figures for pairing with the Wii U GamePad and a half-dozen very, very interesting titles that definitely didn’t break the mold of Nintendo’s past games, but did take fan loved genres in a couple of new directions.

Here are 10 of the best games Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft and others showed off at E3 2014, in no particular order.

Star Fox

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There weren’t a lot of secret projects announced at this year’s event. Mostly that’s because refreshing established third-party titles has become more important, thanks to the new generation of consoles.

A profile posted early to a mainstream news website shocked everyone mid-way through Tuesday when it revealed that Nintendo had plans to introduce an updated version of Star Fox. The original version of the game let users fly around space and land on locations in a plane, all the while taking down enemies. We haven’t seen much of the game yet, but apparently it’s coming to the Wii U sometime in 2015. When it does, it’ll feature a two-player controlled helicopter-like vehicle to take advantage of the Wii U GamePad’s touch screen.

Star Fox 64 was ridiculously popular and spawned an entire generation of Nintendo lovers. Clearly, Nintendo is hoping that this new title will help rekindle the magic of the original.

Read: Star Fox for Wii U is On the Way

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

The Xbox One doesn’t yet have a Halo game of its own. Late last year insiders at Microsoft Studios revealed that the company decided it’d be a better idea to release a game for the Xbox 360, Halo 4, than it would be to release a version of Halo for the Xbox One’s freshman year on store shelves.

Well, that’ll officially not be a problem beginning November 11th. On the tenth anniversary of Halo 2 Microsoft is launching Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a giant single game containing every Halo game to include the game’s protagonist, The Master Chief. We’re talking every single player campaign and every multiplayer experience from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 & Halo 4Halo The Master Chief Collection will only cost $60 and will be exclusive to the Xbox One.

Read: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Includes Halo 5 Beta & More

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Having game plans leaked with weeks to go before someone is ready to talk about it is never fun for anyone, especially the developer. Thankfully, Ubisoft took the early leaks of Assassin’s Creed Unity in stride. We still don’t know much about the game following the company’s event, but Ubisoft did share some choice nuggets.

First, Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be set during the French Revolution and include four-player co-op. Second, it won’t feature any female assassins like the developer originally planned. The company is still taking no end of criticism for that last bit of information. No release date for Assassin’s Creed Unity was shared during E3 2014. We do know that it’s coming sometime this year for the Xbox One and PS4.

Read: Assassin’s Creed Unity Revealed

The Division

The Division is still behind schedule. Now Ubisoft expects to launch the game in 2015. That being said we now know a great deal more about the experience itself. The Division players will act as members of a special group given orders to protect what’s left of the United States after a virus wreaks havoc on the entire population. Game play from Microsoft’s E3 2014 Xbox Media briefing shows a game much like every other first-person shooter. Except for the graphics, which look absolutely stunning.

Read: Microsoft Makes it Rain Games at E3 2014

Destiny

Despite being delayed, Bungie’s Destiny still looks as amazing as ever, even if it doesn’t exactly bring a lot of new things to the table combat wise.

Video streams from those playing the game’s alpha release on the PS4 reveal that the game behaves mostly like past Halo games, except that the multiplayer maps feel bigger and there’s a lot of MMO-like player customization going on. As most gamers loved Bungie’s Halo games, that’s not a knock at all.

Destiny will run on the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 when it debuts on September 9th.

Read: How to Play the Best Xbox One & PS4 Games Early

LittleBigPlanet 3

When it appeared, Microsoft’s Project Spark seemed to be the only next-generation title to capitalize on games built around the idea of users creating their own games within games. But here comes LittleBigPlanet 3.

For the most part it looks like the gameplay from LittleBigPlanet 2 will be retained. Joining Sackboy will be Oddsock and Swoop, two playable characters who add running and flying experiences. User-created levels from the PS2 will be recreated with more detail in this version of the game. LIttleBigPlanet 3 is scheduled to arrive this November.

Grand Theft Auto V

So often video game discussions devolve into sort of “what have you done for me” scenarios. Everyone plays their favorite games, then moves on to blissfully expect the next release in the franchise. Rather than announcing another open-world game filled with white collar criminals and street gangs, Rockstar announced that it’d be rereleasing last year’s Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One and the PS4.

Just because it’s not a new game in the literal since doesn’t mean users aren’t excited. Last year GTA 5 racked up billions in sales. Those numbers were in spite of users having to pick up Microsoft and Sony’s latest consoles.

This new version of GTA 5 should launch sometime towards the end of the year.

Read: PS4 and Xbox One GTA 5 Release Confirmed

Crackdown

Get ready to hunt down all sorts of driving and agility orbs, because Microsoft is reviving the Crackdown series of open world games from early in the Xbox 360’s life cycle. We don’t yet know much about the game, other than it’ll apparently still take place outside of Pacific City and users will be busy as another worker bee for The Agency.

That being said, what’s shown on the Crackdown for Xbox One trailer looks remarkably similar to a technology demo that Microsoft showed off earlier this year. It included buildings that realistically crumbled thanks to computing power done over the internet.

Splatoon

 

Nintendo’s platforms aren’t exactly what comes to mind when you’re asked to consider systems that have great online third-person shooters. Nintendo must know this because Splatoon, a game it showed off at E3 2014, seems tailor-made to fit this gap.

Users play as squids that can transform into people. When they’re in squid mode they can quickly move from one level to the next, provided that portion of the level is drenched in their team’s ink. By transforming into a human they’re able to cover the level in even more of their colored ink. Written it sounds nuts, but the actually gameplay looks pretty cool. Splatoon won’t arrive for the Wii U until 2015 at the earliest.

Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros for Wii U isn’t exactly a newly revealed title. In fact, Nintendo has been talking up the title for at least year. All that talk hasn’t made gamers lust for Super Smash Bros for Wii U any less, though, and the new features Nintendo revealed this week won’t hurt either.

Users will be able to add playable characters into the game by purchasing specialized toys that communicate with their Wii U GamePad using NFC technology. Nintendo also announced that users will be able to play as themselves, or at least a cartoonish version of themselves.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U should make it to store shelves in time for the holiday buying season this year. There’s still no actual release date for it, unfortunately.

Read: Super Smash Bros for Wii U Review is Too Funny to Miss

Sunset Overdrive

What do you get when you cross mutant freaks created by a dangerous soft drink and a cruel sense of humor? You get Sunset Overdrive, the sort-of on rails platformer that’s coming exclusively to Microsoft’s Xbox One on October 28th in the United States. From a gameplay standpoint it doesn’t look all that fresh, but its sense of humor and graphics do make it an interesting title to keep an eye on.

All of these games are on their way to either the Xbox One, PS4 or Wii U sometime within the next few years. Unfortunately, not a single one will be available on older consoles like the Wii and Xbox 360.

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The 10 Best Xbox One, PS4 & Wii U Games from E3 2014 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Fun Google Now Tricks

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 17:34

Fun Google Now Tricks is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google Now keeps getting better and better with each and every update. It isn’t just an answer to Apple’s Siri, it’s so much more than that. Google Now is a personal assistant that has access to Google Search at the blink of an eye. Part of it is giving you the right information at just the right time, but that isn’t all Google’s service delivers.

Everything from weather alerts before you start your day or avoiding high traffic areas before you get stuck in a jam. To working in the background and scanning your Gmail (if you let it) to give you Google Now cards with useful flight information, to package delivery and tracking. Personally I love the sports and score alerts, and the relevant Google searches to nearby locations and attractions. The list goes on and on.

Read: How to Use and Manage Google Now Reminders

Google Now integrates search, Google voice actions, and tons of other services to deliver an experience unlike anything else on a mobile device. It’ll even tell you how many miles you walked this month, or while traveling how the weather is or even the time of day back home. It’s extremely powerful and convenient, but it’s also fun and filled with Easter Eggs.

Google Now’s look will change on your birthday to help you celebrate, remind you about upcoming calendar entries or bills you need to pay, or even dinner reservations with a convenient link to instantly get navigation directions or view the email reservation. Like we said, it’s very powerful and learns from you as you use it, but you knew that already.

Being that this is Google, along with tons of neat tricks and features we’ll show you below, there are a wide array of fun Google Now tricks you can try yourself on almost any newer smartphone. Google calls these “Easter Eggs” that are little hidden fun things, and they’ve been doing it for years. Each version of Android has Easter eggs, Google Chrome has plenty, Google Search on the desktop offers multiple, and you can even type “Do the Harlem Shake” in YouTube’s search field on a desktop for some fun.

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Over the past few years Google Now has continued to improve and evolve into one of the best, and most important aspects or features of Android. Oh, and it’s also on iOS and we hear many users enjoy it over Siri. Everything we mentioned above is nice, and you can see a list of all Google Now cards here, but below is a quick video showing you a few things you probably didn’t know.

Here we’ll show you a few things you probably never knew Google Now could do on your smartphone or tablet. Some of them are a bit goofy or for the nerds, following internet trends or popular things, but the rest are just neat little tricks and tips that every smartphone owner should know. Take a peek below and enjoy.

Pretty neat right? Surprisingly many smartphone owners don’t even use Google Now, or at least don’t use it to nearly its full potential. I have many friends that didn’t even know this existed, even though they’ve been using Android devices for years. Everything from “Ok Google, Call Mom” to “Send a Text to Amanda, Hey what’s the plan for dinner tonight?” can all be done with Google Now and voice actions.

If you’re wondering what exactly some of my commands were, in case they weren’t extremely clear, here’s a list of some of those fun Google Now tricks and questions. I forgot to ask, “What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything” so feel free to give that a try too.

“Do a barrel roll”
“What’s the loneliest number?”
“Beam me up, Scotty!”
“What does the fox say”
“Make me a sandwich!” try it twice, or start with the word sudo
“When am I?”
“Who are you?”
“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
“What is your favorite color”
“Who’s on second”
“Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right”, and Google will answer: “Cheat mode unlocked, unlimited free Google Searches”
“What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything”

Users with an old Galaxy S3 to even the brand new Galaxy S5 or upcoming LG G3 can all use and enjoy what Google Now has to offer. While it isn’t the same for everyone you just need to long-press home on the Galaxy S3, 4, or 5 to get Google Now to launch, it’s a slide up from the home button on Moto devices or the Nexus series, or just tap the Google widget that usually comes on at least one home screen of every Android smartphone and tablet these days. This will also launch Google Now, and you’re off and rolling.

Heading into settings will allow you to manage and control all the alerts, what’s shown, what can be searched for, and much much more. There’s plenty of control and privacy options, and you can even opt out of Google (and Now) following your location, although that kills some of the benefits of Google Now.

As it stands today Google Now is an essential part of the Android experience, even though millions of users probably rarely use it. The Nexus 5 is slowly bringing Android deeper into Google Now, and we expect other versions of Android to do the same. Android Wear, Google’s new OS for wearable devices will heavily operate similar to Google Now too, so this is only the beginning.

We hope you enjoyed the video above. Now get to searching!

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Fun Google Now Tricks is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 16:26

Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumor mill has been extremely active this week hinting at everything from the rumored device’s launch date to its display type to the exact camera sensor Samsung will apparently use in its Galaxy Note 3 successor. With Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors flying around and specs and dates firming up, we want to take a look at everything we know so far about one of the top rumored smartphone of the year.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to be its successor to the Galaxy Note 3, a device that replaced the Galaxy Note 2 on shelves at the tail end of last year. For months, rumors have pinpointed Galaxy Note 4 specs, its supposed launch date, even the devices that will supposedly emerge alongside Samsung’s Next Big Thing.

In recent weeks, we’ve started to see Galaxy Note 4 rumors firm up as we push deeper into the year towards the fall. Rumors that were at one point extremely vague have started to become more specific. Features like the screen resolution, camera components and the device’s exact launch date have been thrown around, teasing those in the market for a new device.

Keeping track of all the latest Galaxy Note 4 rumors is no easy task. The volume of these rumors can be overwhelming, even to those that follow along on a daily basis. Well, we’ve been keeping tabs on the Galaxy Note 4 and its quest towards launch and here, we roundup all of the latest, and most credible, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors.

Design

Samsung executives and Galaxy Note 4 rumors continue to tease a brand new Galaxy Note 4 form factor. Several times we’ve heard that Samsung is trying to put a curved or bent display on its Galaxy Note 4. Samsung’s flexible display technology, known as Youm, has been around for years but the company still hasn’t been able to put it on a mass produced device. And according the most recent round of Galaxy Note 4 rumors, it still may not be ready for prime time.

Before we get to that though, you must understand how this works. Companies like Samsung and Apple test several prototypes behind the scenes. Specs from these prototypes leak out and sometimes, but not all the time, these rumored features emerge on the final version. We say not all the time because companies often strip out features that aren’t ready for mass production.

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Galaxy Note 4 concept vs. Galaxy Note 3.

So, back to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors. While rumors have pointed to “new form factor” with a new display type, officials have also cautioned that the design isn’t final and that it may not make it to the final version.

Cue, this week’s report from The Korea Herald. The report suggests that we could see two Galaxy Note 4 models shown off on stage. One Galaxy Note 4 is said to have a flat OLED display and the other Galaxy Note 4 variant is said to have a curved OLED display. The flat model is rumored for the mass market while the other could come to select markets. (Read: Korea.)

In other words, while Samsung might be trying to equip the Galaxy Note 4 with some pretty special technology, there is no guarantee that the mass produced model will have it on board. Samsung keeps its designs under lock and key which means that we may not what the Galaxy Note 4 looks like until Samsung takes the stage.

The Galaxy S5 buttons offer faster access to Google Now and multitasking.

Rumors continue to point to a fingerprint sensor, something that firmed up this week thanks to the arrival of the Galaxy Tab S. Samsung’s new ultra slim tablets come with a fingerprint sensor. And finally, we’ve heard that the device will be dust and water resistant like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Rivals like the LG G3 require a case for those capabilities.

Specs

The company manages to keep the design under lock and key but that doesn’t mean that it’s able to keep the entire device shrouded in secrecy. No, Samsung devices have a habit of leaking profusely ahead of launch and the Galaxy Note 4 has been no different.

Here’s what we think we know so far. We think we know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will come with a 5.7-inch QHD display. That’s the same size screen as the Galaxy Note 3 with higher Quad HD resolution for crisp, sharper content. The Galaxy Note is known for its spacious screen real estate which makes it perfect for gaming and the device’s bundled S Pen stylus.

It’s rumored to have a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor which comes loaded with specifications including an Adreno 420 GPU which Qualcomm says comes “with up to 40% graphics and compute performance improvement over its predecessor” and “enables support for advanced console quality gaming and smooth UIs on Ultra HD displays.” Sounds perfect for a device like the Galaxy Note 4.

SamMobile claims that the device will sport a 16MP Sony sensor with Optical Image Stabilization, an upgrade from the camera found on the Galaxy S5. There was never really any question about if Samsung would upgrade the camera, the question was whether or not it would be any different than the Galaxy S5 camera. At the moment, OIS appears to be a possible standout.

These all sound plausible but remember, with a launch several months out, we could see Samsung cut features and swap specifications out as it sees fit. Overall though, the Galaxy Note 4 should be one powerful device.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Or…

Samsung always outfits its flagships with the latest Android software and for the Galaxy Note 4 that could mean the new Android 4.4.3 KitKat update or whatever comes next perhaps Android 4.5 or Android 5.0.

Android 4.5 and Android 5.0 rumors have picked up thanks to Nexus 8 rumors and a curious tease from Google. That said, neither update has been confirmed and rumors are scarce.

What we have heard is that whatever version of Android the Galaxy Note 4 is running should be backed by powerful features created by Samsung itself. Here is a list of four possible features we might see on the Galaxy Note 4:

  • Smart Fingerprint -  It wasn’t fully detailed but it’s assumed that it has something to do with being able to customize a fingerprint reader for certain actions.
  • Multi Network for Booster -  Could be similar to the Download Booster feature on the Galaxy S5 that combines Wi-Fi and cellular data for faster download speeds.
  • Swipe to Launch Motion Launcher -  Could be similar to Motion Launch on the HTC One M8.
  • Aqua Capture – Possibly similar to the Aqua Mode found on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Aqua Mode allowed Galaxy S4 Active users to take photos underwater.
When is the Galaxy Note 4 Release Date?

The all important question. Well, all signs are pointing to a launch in and around IFA 2014. We’ve heard September 3rd thrown around and that’s close to IFA’s September 5th start date. At this point, given all of the rumors and the fact that Samsung executives have pointed to the fall, it’s hard to imagine a Galaxy Note launch outside of IFA in Berlin. So go ahead and mark it on the calendar, in pencil.

Samsung is expected to announce a number of new products alongside the Galaxy Note 4. A new Gear smartwatch, a Google Glass competitor, new OLED TVs, and home automation are all said to be a part of the show.

As for the release date, well, we don’t know. Samsung has over the years tightened things up and release dates usually come three to four weeks after a launch. So we’re looking at either September or October for a release, right around the time Apple releases the iPhone 6.

Rumor has it, it’ll be available on the same carriers the Galaxy Note is always available on: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

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Five iPhone 6 Rumors: What to Believe This Week

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 06/14/2014 - 15:18

Five iPhone 6 Rumors: What to Believe This Week is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

As June drags on new iPhone 6 rumors start to focus in on the design, features and alleged part leaks showing what could be the back of the new iPhone.

This is a time of the year where rumors jump from anonymous supply chain sources to photos showing what could be an iPhone 6 part, a pop star with a penchant for showing off unreleased Apple products and analyst reports which continue to offer refined predictions for the iPhone 6 release date and features.

During the last several weeks we gained a better view of the fall’s potential release cycles, including chatter that Samsung is planning a beefed up Galaxy S5 with an incredible new display to arrive alongside the Galaxy Note 4 as a direct set of competitors against a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models. Even HTC joins in with a new HTC One rumored to arrive in early 2015 to keep up the pace.

Check out our updated iPhone 6 release date, rumors and news coverage to get a full picture of what buyers can expect from the iPhone 6 this fall. This quick look at the latest iPhone 6 rumors focuses on the iPhone 6 information that you can believe from this week.

The picture of the iPhone 6 changes week to week as rumors come together and analysts and sources agree and offer additional proof. At this stage in the game, the iPhone 6 is a moving target of features and specs that will surely shape up as we approach the rumored fall iPhone 6 release date.

Although some of these new iPhone 6 rumors may not come to life this fall, these are believable additions to the iPhone lineup as it stands today.

iPhone 6 Rumors

As expected we have a new iPhone 6 release date rumor this week as well as new photos that allegedly show the design and a collection of possible iPhone 6 features.

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According to Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald the iPhone 6 release date is set for September for the 4.7-inch model and his sources tell him that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date is in October, a jump up from his previous estimates. This makes sense given a separate report that Apple will announce the iWatch in October.

For a closer look at the iPhone 6 release date rumors, check out Gotta Be Mobile’s answer to the question, “When is the new iPhone release date?“, which collects the most likely release date rumors for both size iPhones.

iPhone 6 Design & Size

iPhone 6 back vs iPhone 5s back.

The week started out with another alleged iPhone 6 back leak, that shows off the possible design for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Similar to the leak from earlier this month, we see curved edges, rounded corners and a thin overall design. There is a hole in the back that could play a role in helping the internal antennas communicate.

A new leak shows a thin iPhone 6.

The leak comes from Nowhereelse.fr, which includes multiple photos showing the back and a side view that shows how thin the iPhone 6 may be, if this is a real part.

Alleged iPhone 6 Photos

A pop star by the name of dreamerJimmy shared a gallery of photos on Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, with him holding an alleged iPhone 6. Normally this would be less than exciting, but these photos show a device with what appears to be a screen in place instead of just a blank piece of plastic.

The iPhone 6 gets pop star treatment.

It’s also worth noting that the this pop star also showed off the iPhone 5c well ahead of release, so he has a way of getting his hands on unreleased Apple gear early.

Major iPhone 6 Features

A report from VentureBeat outlines the iPhone 6 features that are currently planned for the new iPhone according to their sources. this report details the following new features.

 

  • Bigger Display with Thinner Bezels
  • Scratch Resistant iPhone 6
  • NFC for Mobile Payments
  • Faster LTE
  • Wireless Charging

 

This is not the first time we’ve heard about bigger displays, scratch resistant coverings or NFC, but it is one of the first reports of Faster LTE. Wireless charging is a nice feature, but one Apple has yet to build in to an iPhone and reports are not conclusive as to an iPhone 6 with wireless charging.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s Size

We expect to see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, but just how big will they be compared to the iPhone 5s? A new photo of iPhone 6 cases manufactured in China shows what the size difference could look like.

These cases show the possible size differences between the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6.

The photo above shows an iPhone 5s, an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and an iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display next to each other. Like many of the leaks, these are designed based on rumors and mockups and are not direct from Apple. It is impossible to verify that these show the real size, but it is a plausible representation of how big a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be.

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Amazon Fire TV & Fire HDX Bundle Perfect for Father’s Day

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:23

Amazon Fire TV & Fire HDX Bundle Perfect for Father’s Day is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

There are just two days left until Father’s Day and Amazon is tempting potential buyers of its Kindle Fire line of Android devices with a bundle that may be too good to pass up. As of right now, Amazon shoppers can purchase a Kindle Fire TV and a Kindle Fire HDX bundle  for just $249.99. That’s significantly lower than what those two devices would cost Father’s Day buyers separately.

News of the deal surfaced today after Amazon began heavily promoting it on its website. To be clear, Amazon isn’t offering this deal to buyers in retail stores. Buying each device on its own would cost users $328. The Kindle Fire HDX with 7-inch display included in the bundle will have 16GB of space for users to store their favorite apps and games. It’ll also include the Special Offers promotions that Amazon puts on Kindle devices in exchange for a cheaper purchase price.

All told, the deal is pretty interesting, especially for buyers whose loved ones already have an Amazon Prime account or an older Kindle Fire tablet that’ll soon need to be replaced.

Right now Amazon is still letting shoppers order the bundle, and those who do order are getting free shipping as is the case with all Amazon purchases over $35 in value excluding tax.

If the Kindle Fire TV doesn’t sound familiar it’s because it’s only been on store shelves for a few months. Essentially, the Kindle Fire TV is Amazon’s answer to the Apple TV. It allows users to stream content directly from its music and video services for just the cost of an Amazon Prime membership. Those without a $99 Amazon Prime member can still use the Kindle Fire TV to bring other services to their living room. For example, Netflix is available through the Kindle Fire TV. Users can actually search the Kindle Fire TV’s library of content by speaking into a wireless remote that’s equipped with a microphone.

When paired with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX users can learn more about the movies and television shows that they’re watching on the Kindle Fire TV. Additionally, Kindle Fire HDX users can mirror things they are looking at on their tablet to the Kindle Fire TV so that everyone can see them.

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Like the Xbox One, the Kindle Fire TV will also let users control video or music playback through the Kindle Fire HDX tablet.

Unfortunately, there are a few caveats related to this deal. First, since the Kindle Fire HDX included in this bundle is of the Special Offers variety there’s always those ads to think about. Buyers will want to pay Amazon a bit extra to get rid of those special offers if they aren’t comfortable with them. Additionally, 16GB of space isn’t a lot for those planning to load their favorite music, television shows and eBooks on the Kindle Fire HDX. Potential buyers should also note that while the Kindle Fire TV does allow users to install apps from Amazon’s Android App Store, there aren’t a lot of apps that are available at the moment.

Read: Amazon Fire TV v. Roku 3: Which One Should I Buy

Finally, those who want to play games with a controller will need to purchase the Kindle Fire TV’s wireless controller separately from this bundle. Called the Kindle Fire Game Controller, it features two joysticks and a button layout that almost completely matches Microsoft’s Xbox One controller. There are also rewind, fast forward and play buttons built into the rim of the controller for media playback. So far the Kindle Fire TV boasts versions of Sonic, Minecraft, Asphalt 8, NBA 2K14 and more. There’s also a version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for those who really want to get a hard-core gaming experience. That controller will cost users an extra $39.99 with free shipping, decreasing the relative value of this deal.

Depending on your specific area it may be too late to order either the bundle or the controller before Father’s Day on Sunday, but at least some fathers will have two new gadgets to look forward to early next week.

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Top 5 Smartphones to Consider Before Buying the LG G3

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 20:14

Top 5 Smartphones to Consider Before Buying the LG G3 is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The LG G3 release is coming up for consumers in the United States and around the world. The LG G2′s successor will be a top notch competitor to the biggest names on the market including iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5. That said, we think there are some devices worth checking out before buying the LG G3.

At the tail end of May, LG confirmed the elephant that had been standing in the room for several weeks prior. The company announced its brand new LG G3, a high-end successor to last year’s surprise hit, the LG G2, and a device that the company hopes will bring it great success in the near year.

The LG G3 comes with a set of impressive features including a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display, a new 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, as well as a micro-SD slot for expansion.

The LG G3 and the iPhone 5s compared.

LG’s new design keeps the buttons on the back of the device but they have been redesigned to be more useful, comfortable, and ergonomic. It will also come with an improved 13 MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization which includes an all-new laser auto focus technology usually reserved for full-scale DSLR cameras. The LG G3 is also in possession of a large 3,000 mAh battery, and it runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a few software tweaks and smart actions provided by LG.

It’s a beautiful package and one that consumers are already weighing against top rivals like the iPhone, the Galaxy S and the HTC One M8, HTC’s brand new flagship Android. We’ve already started receiving questions about the LG G3, which we have in our possession, and about whether it’s going to be worth a purchase.

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While we can’t provide a definitive answer quite yet we can tell you about devices that you should be looking at in the build up to the LG G3 release date this summer. Here now are five devices we think consumers need to look at before buying the LG G3. Whether you check them out now or after the LG G3 arrives is entirely up to you.

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Maybe the first smartphone that prospective LG G3 buyers should consider is the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung's brand new Galaxy S smartphone and a device that packs a powerful punch.

The Galaxy S has been LG's nemesis for quite some time and the Galaxy S5 certainly will give the LG G3 a run for its money thanks to its high-end features which include a spacious 5.1-inch display, speedy processor, fingerprint reader, solid 16MP camera, and a design that's both dust and water resistant.

It runs Samsung's TouchWiz user interface over the top which will offer a different look and a different feature set that we think many consumers are going to like better than LG's setup.

This is a device that can match the LG G3's power and it also matches it in terms of carrier options. Oh, and Amazon is already selling it for $100. That's a pretty steep discount from its usual $199.99 on-contract price.

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Galaxy S5 & Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.3 Update Releases Rumored

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:32

Galaxy S5 & Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.3 Update Releases Rumored is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

According to a new leak, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat release could later this month followed by a Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat release sometime in July.

Last week, after weeks of rumors and numerous leaks, Google released the highly anticipated Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, an update designed to fix many of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems plaguing Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and users of other Android 4.4.2 KitKat powered smartphones and tablets.

Google pushed the update out to its Nexus clan last week but we also saw a number of other Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates emerge. Motorola started pushing Android 4.4.3 KitKat to its Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E and Google also released the software for its various Google Play Edition devices including the HTC One M8 GPe and HTC One M7 GPe.

Credible rumors have also pointed to a number of other Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates in development behind the scenes. LlabTooFeR, a well known HTC insider, claims that HTC has Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates for the regular HTC One and regular HTC One M8 planned for June.

Rumors have also pointed to an arrival for the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A and today, rumors have pointed to specific release windows for the latter two updates.

New intel from Android Geeks, a site with a decent track record, suggests that testing has been completed on the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update and that it will be rolling out in June. The leak does not out a specific date for the software updates only that the two versions, one for the SM-G900F and one for the SM-G900H, are both expected to arrive in June.

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The intelligence also claims that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, at least the update for the GT-I9506 LTE-A model, is in the final stages of testing and that the company plans to push the update out in July.

While the timing of these updates remains unconfirmed, it’s clear that Samsung does have Android 4.4.3 KitKat in development. So, a release for these two devices is certainly not out of the question. What’s still unclear is what Android 4.4.3 KitKat will offer to owners of the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 LTE-A.

Samsung and other Android manufacturers tend to tack on their own enhancements and fixes so we could see the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 LTE-A get some unique changes to the company’s TouchWiz user interface.

It’s still not clear if other Samsung Galaxy branded devices will get Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Early rumors suggested that Samsung was at least considering the idea of skipping over Android 4.4.2 for some devices but in recent days, we’ve seen the company continue to roll out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to devices like the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat might be the latest update to Android but it may not be for long. Rumors continue to point to the arrival of a new Nexus 8 tablet, a device with high-end features and perhaps, a new version of Android. Rumors point to the launch of Android 4.5 or Android 5.0 later this year.

Google always releases new software alongside new Nexus hardware making the Nexus 8 that much more intriguing. With Google I/O set to take place later on this month, we could perhaps see Google take the stage and announce brand new products geared toward developers and consumers alike.

Rumors already point to the arrival of Google Fit, a mobile health service possibly aimed at wearable devices like Android Wear. Whether or not it will be joined on stage by new hardware and new Android software remains to be seen.

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5 Fun World Cup Apps for Android

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 19:20

5 Fun World Cup Apps for Android is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

After what seems like forever, the four year wait for another World Cup has ended and the games have finally begun. Fans all around the world are getting excited to watch dozens of extremely exciting Soccer matches (ok, football) and likely will want a few fun World Cup Android apps to keep them company.

While we’ve already detailed 5 Ways to Follow the World Cup earlier this week, below you’ll find a roundup of five or so fun games or apps for Android smartphones and tablets that will better your World Cup kickoff and enjoyment.

Read: How to Watch the World Cup Live & Follow the Schedule

There are hundreds of apps on the Google Play Store with some sort of Soccer or World Cup affiliation trying to be recognized, but here are just a few that I find useful or fun myself. Below you’ll see a few casual games you can play between matches and the awful (at times) commentary, and even a live wallpaper to show your Nations pride right on your device.

For starters, as usual Google is being the friendly search engine it always is, and has a World Cup Recommendation list right on the Google Play Store. This should be a first-stop for many fans and enthusiasts looking for a few suggested apps, games, or downloads. However, below I have a few of my own that are much different than what Google has to offer.

The 2014 World Cup officially kicked off yesterday, June 12th, and now fans and users everywhere around the globe get to enjoy unlimited amounts of Soccer until it all ends and we have a Champion come July 13th.

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Check out our five random apps to enjoy the World Cup Below.

FIFA 2014 by EA Sports

It goes without saying that any gamer that also happens to be a fan of the Soccer will want to get the new FIFA 14 game by EA Sports. Just like Madden, Need for Speed and a few other titles you know you’re getting a quality game. Of course there are plenty of in-app purchases, but those looking to battle with the best Countries around FIFA 14 is your best bet.

FIFA 14 is optimized for tablets but works great on smartphones, especially the new Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, and they’ve even updated it with all the National teams to keep things interesting. Those that may have tried FIFA Mobile games a few years ago should certainly try again, as the controls and graphics are improved, and everything is much more intuitive and gamer-friendly.

The game is absolutely free, but you will see some optional in-app purchases. Aside from following and playing the World cup matches FIFA 14 offers 33 leagues and over 600 licensed teams, so surely you’ll find what you want. Give it a try and don’t get so involved in FIFA that you forget what’s going on in the real games on TV. – FIFA 14 Google Play Link

Football Kicks

Over the past few years the simple and easy to play “flick” games for mobile devices have really taken off and are some of the most downloaded apps around. Heading through the Google Play Store you’ll find dozens of these, but Football Kicks remains one of my favorite. Oh, and it’s in landscape mode unlike most “flip” games.

The game is outdated when it comes to graphics, and surely won’t look as good as others on a newer 720p or 1080p HD device like the Galaxy S5, but it’s the gameplay you’ll love. From perfectly curved kicks to aiming in the top right corner, this game is addictive, frustrating, and will keep you entertained for hours on end. This was surprisingly one of my favorite games last year I played far too much, and you will too, especially now that it’s “Cup Time”. – FootBall Kicks Google Play Link

Adidas 2014 World Cup Live Wallpaper

One of the best aspects of Android are the Live Wallpapers, and Adidas has an excellent option for all you World Cup and “football” fans. First released in 2012, the new Adidas 2014 World Cup LWP app is one worth checking out.

There’s a standard 2D view like the previous version of the app, one which still lets you scroll around the entire stadium right on your device. This time it’s staged at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, of course, and the new 3D View is stunning.

This lets you add your Nation of choice (and its flag) at center field, and the 3D view will let you take shots at the goal with the flip of a finger. So while it isn’t a game, while you’re picking apps or launching Facebook you can casually take a shot, then continue on with your smartphone plans. – Adidas 2014 World Cup LWP Google Play Link

Flick Kick Football

As mentioned above, flick games are extremely popular but one that has always stood out for the multiple game types and overall experience is Flick Kick Football by PIKPOK Games. I’m a huge fan of their (USA Football) Flip Kick Field Goal game, and the Soccer option is just as fun.

Offering a simple time-based arcade mode that only gets more difficult as time goes on, to having defenders in the way you’ll need to precision curve the ball around with just the right amount of touch. The aim takes a few minutes to get a good handle on, but once you do, you’ll be shooting like Messi. Everything from bullseye, skill shots, to even pass and play type games, you’ll love this free option as well.  – Flick Kick Football Google Play Link

Watch ESPN

Last but certainly not least is the Watch ESPN app. We’ve already detailed how to watch the World Cup, but this is an essential app that any fan or casual viewer will want to download. As long as you have a cable subscription that’s supported simply download the Watch ESPN app on your Android smartphone or tablet and enjoy the World Cup anywhere you go.

Watch ESPN gives you 24/7 access to nearly all the ESPN channels, mirrors games from other networks at times, and is dedicated to delivering tons of World Cup games to the palm of your hand. – WatchESPN Google Play Link

Obviously there are dozens and dozens of other quality apps worth checking out (Bleacher Report for latest news is one) and tons of excellent games, but these are just a few that we’ve been using ourselves. And don’t forget to do a few Google Searches with Google Now for your favorite team or Nation you’ll be following, as Google Now will give you alerts, reminders, and scores as the Cup moves forward.

Let the games begin!

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Easier Snapping and Wallet Busting Bundles Coming in Xbox One Update

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:55

Easier Snapping and Wallet Busting Bundles Coming in Xbox One Update is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

E3 2014, the large-scale conference that dominated gaming and entertainment news this entire week is winding down, but Microsoft is closing it out with news of another Xbox One update. There’s not much in the way of headlining features this time around, but there is one that could make an exclusive feature of the Xbox One infinitely more useful starting this July.

Microsoft announced what users can expect in the next Xbox One update earlier today in a post on Xbox Wire that also highlighted some of the company’s announcements from this week’s gaming show.

Above all else, what users should be excited for are some changes involving Snap Mode. When Microsoft originally unveiled the Xbox One, it said that the point of the console was to enable all kinds of entertainment seamlessly. To that end, the Xbox One included Snap, a way for users to play their games or watch a television show while browsing the internet or doing something else on their console at the same time.

Read: Microsoft Makes it Rain Games at E3 2014

Microsoft isn’t changing the feature itself as much as it’s making it way more convent for users to access it. Starting with this new Xbox One Update, users will be able to press the glowing white guide button on their controller twice to access a multitasking menu and snap an app to the left of their television screen.

This change might sound small but it’s very important for a number of different reasons. For starters, Microsoft introduced the $399 Xbox One bundle earlier this week. That bundle doesn’t include the Kinect 2 sensor which allowed users to snap an app to their screen with just a single voice command. By adding this new way of snapping apps Microsoft is making the Xbox One’s interface more tolerable for $399 Xbox One buyers.

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Almost as if it’s celebrating the arrival of this new snap functionality, Microsoft is also introducing a new Achievements app that can finally be snapped to the side of users screen. In addition to multitasking the new Achievements app included in this Xbox One update will track users progress toward specific achievements and integrate with Internet Explorer so that users can find help if they need it. Again, this is a perfect showcase of what the Xbox One is uniquely able to do. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as if the Xbox One SmartGlass app will include achievements tracking when paired with the Xbox One.

Xbox Live, the service that powers the entire Xbox experience, is getting some under-the-hood improvements that should do wonders for everyday users wallets sometime in the near future. Microsoft says it’s “doing some work” to allow publishers to string together games and downloadable content for users to purchase all at the same time. Put more simply, Xbox One users can expect digital bundles to arrive in the Xbox Store. Whether they’ll be as cheap and plentiful as what users of the Steam PC gaming service get isn’t yet known.

Users will be able to customize their language settings following this update too. Microsoft is also continuing Xbox Live’s transformation into a social network as well as a game rental service. Last month Microsoft added the ability for users to associate their real name with their Xbox Live gamertag. Now in this Xbox One Update the company says users will be able to like game clips and status updates published to their Activity Feed. Unfortunately, it’s only rolling out the feature to the Xbox One SmartGlass app.

All told, this July Xbox One update sounds as if it’s another solid update for the Xbox One. To date, Microsoft has added new features to the Xbox One once a month since the console arrived on store shelves last November. Whether that’s translated into better sales remains unclear, but it’s definitely translating into a better gaming and entertainment experience for just about everyone.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Breakdown

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:51

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

In early May, Samsung started pushing out the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Since then, we’ve seen the update make strides but it still hasn’t made the massive push that many owners were expecting it to make in its first month. With Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat release details still swirling, we want to take a dive into the update and breakdown everything there is to know at the moment.

Android 4.4 KitKat has been out since November and unfortunately, we’re just now starting to see the update hit older Android smartphones and tablets. One of those devices is the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung’s popular smartphone from 2012 and a device that is still in the hands of millions of users around the world.

The Samsung Galaxy S3′s software tale is an interesting one. Here is a device that arrived with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, got a huge boost thanks to Samsung’s Premium Suite update, skipped Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, got Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and is now getting Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest update. Well, only some owners will be getting it.

Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S3 GT-i9300, the 1GB non-LTE model, will not be getting the update due to performance reasons. It’s a huge blow to the Galaxy S3 given its prominence but it appears that Samsung is going to hold firm with its decision.

That said, we haven’t seen a ton of movement with the update that is landing for other Samsung Galaxy S3 owners. The roll out to the company’s LTE-enabled Galaxy S3 models is not moving very fast and over the past month we just haven’t seen the significant push that we, and many others, expected. That doesn’t mean that details haven’t emerged though.

In an effort to provide as much clarity as we can to Galaxy S3 owners in the United States and around the world, here, we detail everything we know about the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update and breakdown the important details that all Galaxy S3 owners need to know about.

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June has been a ghost town in terms of Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update releases. We haven’t seen Samsung start pushing the GT-i9305 Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update out. Rumors pointed to the update being done but those rumors emerged several weeks ago and it’s not clear what the current situation is like behind the scenes.

We also haven’t seen carriers in the United States or in the international community join the Android 4.4 KitKat party. All in all, it has been quiet but our hope is that it’s just the calm before the storm. Samsung’s updates typically roll out extremely slow at first before they gradually pick up steam in the weeks after the initial release.

The Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat roll out is just about a month old so there is no reason to panic yet especially when several carriers have promised updates in the future.

Upcoming Galaxy S3 KitKat Updates

We simply haven’t seen a ton of Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat confirmations so anytime a carrier confirms the update it’s big news. Earlier this month, Vodafone Australia confirmed that it would be offering a Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update at some point down the road.

This was huge for the international community because it means that there is a good chance that we’ll see it land for other major carriers in the future. Vodafone Australia isn’t going to be given any kind of special treatment.

Vodafone typically gives its customers some kind of ETA. With the Galaxy S3, the carrier simply says that it’s “awaiting software for testing” and that it has “no ETA.” In other words, this is an update that could be far off in the distance. Weeks or perhaps months off in the distance given that it hasn’t even rolled out Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates yet.

The Australian carrier is one of only a few carriers that have confirmed the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. Rogers, a Canadian carrier, still says that its update will be coming soon. The carrier said that it would be coming soon several weeks ago and it still hasn’t committed to a specific date.

For now, that’s it. There are still a number of missing pieces to the puzzle and Galaxy S3 users should remain hopeful that the software’s big push starts this month or next.

Missing Galaxy S3 KitKat Updates

There are an absolute ton of missing Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. In the U.S., we’ve only seen updates for Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Boost and Virgin.

The U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update, which appeared to have been released back in late May, is in a bit of limbo given that U.S. Cellular’s website lists the device with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Samsung does list the device as having Android 4.4 but it’s roll out tracker does not list the software’s presence. The update is also available on Samsung’s Open Source website for developers. It’s a strange situation and one that we’ve been unable to clarify.

Updates outside of the United States are non-existent. We simply haven’t seen international carriers push out this Android 4.4 KitKat update yet. We also haven’t seen any of the usual suspects confirm upgrades. Carriers like SFR and Optus, which typically confirm updates well in advance, haven’t confirmed anything at all.

We expect them, like Vodafone, to offer the update to the 4G versions of the device but it could be that the software won’t land until much later in the year.

Android 4.4.3 & What’s Next

Android 4.4.3 KitKat is a huge bug fix update aimed at tackling Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems but it’s not clear if the update will be landing for the Galaxy S3 down the road.

Rumors point to a release for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 and we’ve heard that Samsung might skip Android 4.4.2 for Android 4.4.3 on some devices but nothing is confirmed at this point. What we’re quite sure of though is that this update will likely be the last major Android update for the Galaxy S3.

Rumors have also hinted at an Android 4.5 or Android 5.0 release, possibly alongside a new Nexus 8 tablet from HTC. With Google I/O coming up, we could definitely see Google announce something new for Android users.

The Galaxy S3 is old though and the chances of another big update, especially after the company canned the KitKat release for the 1GB version, are slim to none. Remember, Google recommends 18 months of software support and Samsung usually offers 24 months at the most. Android 4.4.3 is a small update and there’s a chance that the Galaxy S3 could get it somewhere down the road but another big update seems out of the question.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Breakdown

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:00

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been rolling out since February. Even now, as we head deeper into the year, Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update details continue to tease and confuse users in the United States and around the world. With that in mind, we want to take a dive into the update and breakdown everything there is to know at the moment.

Forever ago, Google announced the Android 4.4 KitKat update. The update, which first arrived back in September, was announced again in October and released several days later for Google’s stable of Nexus devices. Weeks later Samsung, the world’s biggest Android manufacturer, started rolling out its first update.

The first Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat update wasn’t for the Galaxy S4 but for the Galaxy Note 3, the device that arrived several months after the April Galaxy S4 release. In February, Samsung finally started pushing out the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and since then, we’ve seen a number of updates roll out all over the world.

Samsung Android update roll outs are typically slow but not many would have guessed that the update would still be rolling out, full force, this deep into the summer. Indeed, there are still U.S. versions of the Galaxy S4 that are still, for whatever reason, without the Android 4.4 KitKat update and its incremental features.

U.S. users are not alone. There are several other Galaxy S4 variants that have yet to receive their upgrade from Samsung though we have started to see details firm up in the past two weeks.

In an effort to provide as much clarity as we can to Galaxy S4 owners in the United States and around the world, here, we detail everything we know about the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and breakdown the important details that all Galaxy S4 owners need to know about.

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Believe it or not, we’ve seen a pretty massive Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update push in June. We’ve heard from several GT-i9500 Galaxy S4 owners in Mexico who recently received the update and we’re also hearing that the update recently pushed to more users in Russia and Chile as well. This is confirmed by SamFirmware, a site that tracks these updates.

The site also confirms a number of other June roll outs and it shows that Samsung has primarily been focused on the GT-i9505 variant of the Galaxy S4, also known as the Galaxy S4 LTE.

In recent days, we’ve seen updates emerge for Galaxy S4 users on H3G in the United Kingdom and a number of users on Vodafone including those in Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Portugal. Vodafone, for whatever reason, has dominated the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat landscape in June as it pushes to get its variants around the world upgraded with the latest Android software.

This push is significant but it doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update is going to finish in June. In fact, there is a good chance that we’ll see some updates emerge later in the summer in July and beyond.

Upcoming Galaxy S4 KitKat Updates

Believe it or not, some carriers are willing to communicate with their customers. In particular, carriers in Australia, who tend to be slow to Android updates, keep their customers informed throughout the upgrade process.

In recent updates to their schedules, Vodafone Australia and Optus both outlined their updated ETAs for the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. Vodafone claims that it will be rolling out the updates at some point in late June while Optus says that it will be pushing its updates out in mid-July. The carrier originally tagged the updates with releases in April, May and June.

Keep in mind, neither carrier has received the Android 4.4 KitKat update from Samsung. These carriers must get the software from Samsung before they are able to test internally and prepare the software for public release. It’s a process that can take a week or more and it means that these ETAs could be pushed back even further.

Still, the communication is commendable and it’s nice to see some carriers go to great lengths to keep their customers in the loop about future updates.

These are obviously just two of many and there still are plenty of updates left to roll out. Problem is, carriers aren’t all as talkative as Vodafone and Optus in Australia.

Missing Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat Updates

In the U.S., we’ve seen the update land for the Galaxy S4 on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, Cricket, and for the AT&T Galaxy S4 Active. The U.S. roll out isn’t over yet though.

MetroPCS and C Spire both offer the Galaxy S4 and both are expected to deliver the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update. It’s just not clear when those updates might roll out. Given the push in June, given that Samsung worked out the Galaxy S4 Active update kinks, we could see these updates rolling out in the near future.

C Spire’s Samsung Galaxy S4 is listed as running Android 4.4 KitKat on Samsung’s product page though that doesn’t mean that a release is imminent.

Like Vodafone and Optus, Australian carrier Telstra communicates with its customers. And in an update to its schedule today, the carrier confirmed timing for several new updates, but the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update was not one of them. This is a carrier that had major issues with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean so it’s not surprising to see it lag way behind its rivals and the overall curve.

The carrier is now talking about roll outs in July which means that there is a chance we could see this update push out in August or even later than that if it decides to roll ahead with Android 4.4 and not something else.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat & What’s Next

That something else could be Android 4.4.3 KitKat, it could also be another update. Rumors have pointed to an Android 4.4.3 KitKat release for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A model, a device that is only available in select areas. A new leak from Android Geeks states that the model should get the update in July after a roll out for the Galaxy S5.

Rumors have also hinted at an Android 4.5 or Android 5.0 release, possibly alongside a new Nexus 8 tablet from HTC. With Google I/O coming up, we could definitely see Google announce something new for Android users. And fortunately, the odds of the Galaxy S4 getting the update are very good.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a little more than a year old. And while Google recommends 18 months of software support, Samsung typically offers 24 months to its flagships. There is simply no way it gets left behind on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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Moto 360 Smartwatch Release Date & Price Rumored

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 17:27

Moto 360 Smartwatch Release Date & Price Rumored is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When the Moto 360 running Google’s new Android Wear operating system was announced it instantly struck a chord with consumers and enthusiasts. Offering a premium watch experience that also runs a new Android-based mobile operating system for wearable devices.

Google first revealed Android Wear back in March, which was met by announcements of the Moto 360 and an LG G Watch, but since then the details have been very and far between. There has been a variety of LG teaser videos, and a few quick sightings of the Moto 360, but that’s all consumers know thus far.

Read: 10 Moto 360 App Concepts You Need to See

One of the biggest questions prospective buyers have regarding the Android-based Moto 360 smartwatch is when can they get one, and for how much. While most reports (including ones from Motorola) suggest this summer, one online retailer has reportedly outed the official price in the UK, and for those in the United States.

Online mobile retailer MobileFun posted up an official pre-order page yesterday for the impressive looking new Moto 360 smartwatch, but there was no date in sight. However, the company was quick to mention a price quoting the Moto 360 will retail for £199.99. In USD that comes out to around $336 which instantly drew plenty of attention.

It’s worth noting that these prices are always different when devices come to the United States, and that’s likely the case here. MobileFun also has a US-based website that was listing the Moto 360 for $279, but both of the official landing pages have been edited with the price being listed as “TBC”.

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Keep in mind that these numbers or prices are far from official. Motorola has yet to announce any sort of official price, or even give us an idea of when a release date may be. That being said, the LG G Watch has also leaked coming in around $199, with reports and rumors suggesting an unveil during the final week of June following Google’s annual I/O developer event, followed by a global release date on July 7th.

The LG G Watch and Moto 360 are poised to be the first “Google smartwatches” running the search giants new Android based operating system called Android Wear, and we’ll be learning plenty more later this month.

Read: Android Wear: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

While these price leaks from accessory sites like MobileFun are far from official, and often times just to draw attention to their sites before a major product release, they seem to line up with early rumors or predictions.

A quick look at both of the product pages for MobileFun suggest the £199.99 UK and $279 USD pricing is for the “Motorola Moto 360 – Metal” variant. Which lends credence to the idea we could be seeing a lower priced model with less metal, using a leather or customizable color-coordinated strap.

Since being announced back in March by Motorola, we’ve yet to see anything about the Moto 360, but can expect more and more leaks or details to start emerging over the coming days. Last week our first picture of the device in use surfaced, and expect these to continue as Google I/O approaches at the end of June. Rumors suggest Google will be talking plenty about Android during its developer event, and have a large focus on wearable devices like the Moto 360 and Google Glass.

The Moto 360 is one of the most anticipated smartwatches coming this summer based on the elegant design and for running Google’s Android Wear, but keep in mind there are reports of similar options coming soon from Samsung, HTC, Fossil Watch Group and others in the near future.

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FIFA 14 Lets Gamers Replay World Cup 2014 Highlights

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:56

FIFA 14 Lets Gamers Replay World Cup 2014 Highlights is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you take a break from the busy World Cup 2014 Schedule, you can turn on FIFA 14 to play the World Cup 2014 highlights and put yourself in control of the games.

FIFA 14 came out last fall but a free update for the popular soccer game adds World Cup 2014 mode that put the teams playing in Brazil on your game console for fun co-op play and a multitude of World Cup 2014 highlights that you get to play through to see if you can deliver the same result as the best soccer players in the world.

Read: Watch World Cup 2014 Free Without Cable

After playing through the FIFA 14 World Cup mode with random teams for the last week, we finally have an opportunity to play the World Cup 2014 highlights. After the Brazil Croatia match FIFA 14 updated to put players in control of Brazil, down 0-1 after an own goal roughly 11 minutes into the match. The lineup, yellow cards and timing are exactly as they were in the real game, putting gamers in control of Brazil’s destiny.

Play through World Cup 2014 Highlights on FIFA 14.

If you want to play the FIFA 14 World Cup mode you will need FIFA 14 for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 or PC. If you want to play on your iPhone or iPad there is also an app that offers a similar experience on the go and an Android version with FIFA World Cup 2014 games to play as well.

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If you are playing on the iPhone, iPad or Android make sure you download the app and update to the latest version. After you get the game installed and updated you should be ready to play the World Cup 2014 matches on your mobile devices.

For users that own FIFA 14 on a console, simply update to the latest version, something many consoles do automatically, and you will see a World Cup 2014 section with teams, World Cup Challenges and a FIFA Ultimate Team Mode with World Cup players available.

If you want to play against a friend there are World Cup friendlies that include the rosters and teams playing in the real World Cup 2014 matches right now.

Pick a World Cup Challenge in FIFA 14 to replay the World Cup games from that day.

The World Cup Challenges section is more interesting as it lets you replay the World Cup 2014 highlights that take place during the games that day. You don’t need to play these challenges the same day, but after the matches end the challenge will appear to put the player in the place of a team that needs to come back or to keep the competition from scoring an equalizer.

If you don’t already own FIFA 14 you can buy it for $39.99 from Amazon on all major consoles with quick delivery. The Microsoft Store also sells the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions for the same price with a mini soccer ball as part of a World Cup bundle.  There is also a special FIFA World Cup 2014 version for the Xbox 360 with improvements to the game, but you don’t need this version to play the World Cup Challenges.

The World Cup 2014 games run through July 13th and are televised on ESPN and ABC in the United States, with additional coverage on Univision. If you have a cable subscription you can watch the World Cup on most mobile devices, but if your provider is not a member of Watch ESPN you may need to make your computer appear as if it is in another country.

For users that can’t watch live, we also share five ways to follow the World Cup from your iPhone, iPad and Android so you can know the schedule, scores, standings and latest news about the competition as it happens.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs Keep Firming Up

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:44

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs Keep Firming Up is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Key Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs continue to firm up ahead of the rumored Galaxy Note 4 release this fall.

For months, we’ve heard about Samsung’s supposed successor to the Galaxy Note 3, a device that many have dubbed Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Over the course of past six months, Galaxy Note 4 rumors have leaked out at an increasingly rate of speed and this week alone has seen many supposed Galaxy Note 4 rumors leak to the surface.

Earlier this week we saw Galaxy Note 4 features start to firm up ahead of launch thanks to inside sources. Today, another Galaxy Note 4 specification has firmed up ahead of launch thanks to a new report.

A report from The Korea Herald suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will have a fingerprint reader on board when it arrives later on this year. The publication’s source says that the company might be looking into area-type sensors instead of the swipe sensors that the company introduced on the Galaxy S5 and more recently on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

This lines up with a report that suggests that Samsung’s sensor supplier, Synaptics, would be introducing a smaller area-type scanner for smartphones and tablets later in the year.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader has received mixed reviews. In our experience with it, it’s simply not as reliable as the Touch ID fingerprint reader found on the iPhone 5s. Should Samsung shift to an area style fingerprint sensor, it would allow users to simply hold their fingertip over an area rather than having to swipe it to unlock the phone.

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While the feature isn’t confirmed for the Galaxy Note 4, it’s clear that Samsung is looking to include a fingerprint sensor on its larger flagship smartphone. Last year, the company attempted to put a fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note 3 but it was forced to cut the specification before launch due to performance issues.

If Samsung does add a fingerprint reader to the Galaxy Note 4, the device will benefit from added security and an added sense of convenience. Unlocking a smartphone with one’s fingertip is considered to be much easier than having to input a passcode.

A fingerprint reader isn’t the only Galaxy Note 4 spec that’s firmed up in June. Earlier this week, a report from SamMobile echoed earlier Galaxy Note 4 rumors when it stated that the device would be coming with a high-resolution QHD display (Quad HD resolution) and a launch on the five largest carriers in the United States including AT&T and Verizon.

The Galaxy S5 buttons offer faster access to Google Now and multitasking.

The Galaxy Note 4 is also rumored to have two display types, a flat OLED screen and a curved OLED screen, and it’s also rumored to have a 16MP camera sensor, Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm, and a design that is both water and dust resistant just like the Samsung Galaxy S5 design.

Galaxy Note 4 launch rumors have firmed up as well. Rumors have consistently pointed to a launch in and around the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, Germany that’s set to kick off on September 5th.

Samsung has used the IFA trade show to launch the last three Galaxy Note variants making it a prime candidate for a launch. The company is expected to use the platform to announce a number of new products which are said to include the Galaxy Note 4, a Google Glass competitor, OLED TVs, wearable devices, and products for the home.

The Galaxy Note 4 launch is expected to clash with the iPhone 6 launch which is also expected to arrive in September. iPhone 6 rumors point to two new models including a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, a device that would be aimed squarely at Samsung and the Galaxy Note 4.

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One Of iPhone’s Most Popular Accessories is Coming to Windows Phone

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 15:31

One Of iPhone’s Most Popular Accessories is Coming to Windows Phone is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iPhone isn’t in danger of having a single device running Microsoft’s Windows Phone eclipsing any of its sales records just yet, but signs of a growing and vibrant competitor are certainly piling up. Today, FitBit became just the latest company to announce formal support for Microsoft’s mobile operating systems and the devices that run it.

FitBit hasn’t revealed or showcased its app for Windows Phone yet. That being said it did update a message on its forums to acknowledge that a version of FitBit for Windows Phone users was definitely on the way. FitBit’s arrival in the Windows Phone Store is landmark for two reasons.

First, FitBit is a leading pioneer in wearables, small devices like watches and clip-ons that allow users to perform tasks without a lot of hassle. In FitBit’s case, users who wear one of their devices can track how many steps they’ve taken as evidence of how healthy their lifestyle is. Because they don’t have screens, these devices connect to the user’s smartphone to sync fitness data to related apps and services. Today, wearables aren’t a huge market, but they’re definitely projected to grow as device makers are able to add even more useful functionality to smaller and smaller devices.

Second, Windows Phone having FitBit support removes another obstacle that Microsoft faces at it tries to get users to adopt Windows Phone. The FitBit accessories – like most other accessories – have always been compatible with Apple’s iPhone. The Windows Phone Store has grown in app count by leaps and bounds, but it still lags way behind in terms of companion accessories that users can pick up and have it work without the hassle of third-party apps that could break at any moment.

FitBit didn’t announce exactly when FitBit for Windows Phone would be making its debut, unfortunately. The company already has an app for Android users in addition to its iPhone app. Its lineup of fitness devices includes the FitBit Flex, FitBit One and the FitBit Zip.

FitBit for Windows Phone comes at a crucial time for Windows Phone. In early April Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1, a major update that adds all sorts of new features to give the iPhone and devices running Android a run for their money. At the time many noticed a slightly new direction for Windows Phone. Essentially, Windows Phone 8.1 has gained many of the features that the iPhone has, but layered on interoperability so that developers can create apps and services that can connect directly to the operating system. For example, Windows Phone users can add apps that automatically upload their pictures in the background or new camera experiences that they can set as the default. In the last year that approach definitely helped Microsoft differentiate from the iPhone at the very least.

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Since then though, Apple has sort of pivoted its iOS mobile operating system to do exactly what Microsoft is doing. iOS 8, the new operating system set to debut on iPhones and iPads later this year adds ways for apps to talk to each other and new ways to extend the iPhone experience while not interfering with it in the same way that happens with Android.

Read: iOS 8 and Windows Phone – A Look at Two Competing Upcoming Releases

If Apple is finally opening up its operating system to developers in meaningful ways Microsoft will have to look for new ways to differentiate its operating system. For example, playing up how Windows Phone 8.1 works with Windows 8.1 wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Windows Phone 8.1 should be included on new devices sometime this summer. It’ll come as a free update to existing Windows Phones throughout the year. 

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Scratch Proof iPhone 6 Could Come in Two Sizes This Fall

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 15:13

Scratch Proof iPhone 6 Could Come in Two Sizes This Fall is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 will feature a scratch free display according to a new report, that suggests Apple has enough Sapphire for the iPhone 6 4.7-inch model, the 5.5-inch model and the iWatch

A new report claims Apple will have enough Sapphire to coat an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display, a 5.5-inch display and even enough to fit on an iWatch that could come in October to deliver the bridge between iOS 8, the iPhone 6 and your health. 

The report is an important to figuring out what Apple can offer consumers this fall. A previous report from Ming-Chi Kuo suggested only the high-end models would come with a Sapphire cover, but it appears Apple is ready to cover the entire fall iPhone and iWatch lineup in Sapphire.

Apple will reportedly use Sapphire on the iPhone 6 displays and the iWatch. Concept – Martin Hajek.

This new iPhone 6 design could help the iPhone 6 survive drops better and will certainly offer more protection against scratches from car keys and other sharp objects. Demos routinely show a Sapphire screen looking like new after rubbing concrete on the display and even smacking it with a small chunk of jagged concrete.

Sapphire is an incredibly durable material, second only to Diamonds in hardness. Instead of using glass to cover the top of the iPhone 6, Apple is going to use this scratch resistant material. This is not the same Sapphire you’ll find in a jewelry store, but a giant block of commercially grown Sapphire sliced into thin layers and stacked on top of the iPhone 6 display.

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Apple invested half a billion dollars in a U.S. company that specializes in Sapphire production and Sapphire furnaces, and a new report from Matt Margolis published on The Obsucre Analyst includes important information about Apple’s ability to use this wonderful  new material on the entire fall lineup of mobile products. In the report Margolis states,

“As a result of my most recent supply chain check I believe that the Mesa sapphire operations will have an ample supply to cover the iWatch, the 4.7” iPhone and the 5.5” iPhone with full sapphire cover glass in 2014.”

Sapphire in block form.

Margolis closely covers the Sapphire industry and previously outlined how Apple can apply the coating the prevents fingerprints from sticking on your iPhone display to an entire block of Sapphire, instead of to individual sheets of it.

The check show Apple and GT Advanced are likely working with 2,500 furnaces in the Mesa Arizona facility producing Sapphire in blocks of 235 kg. The image to the right shows what the iPhone 6 screen cover looks like after GT Advanced Technologies is done growing the Sapphire material.

From here, Apple will slice this into very thin pieces to cover the iPhone 6 display and the iWatch, according to rumors. We expect to see two iPhone 6 screen sizes this fall, a 4.7-inch model that is a direct replacement for the iPhone 5s, and a 5.5-inch model that is designed to compete with the LG G3 that arrives next month with a 5.5-inch display and the Galaxy Note 4 that should arrive in September.

Apple already uses Sapphire on the iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor and on the camera cover, two areas where scratches could impact performance. After using it in these smaller areas, it appears Apple is ready to include it on the iPhone 6 screen for both models.

Rumors also indicate Apple is working on an iWatch release for October, which will include sensors that can tie into Health for iOS 8 in order to give iPhone users a more complete picture of their health and fitness. Margolis believes Apple has enough Sapphire to use on the cover of the iWatch, which is important considering the ease of bumping a watch face against objects every day. Many high-end watches use a Sapphire crystal cover to prevent scratches.

Although we don’t expect Sapphire on the iPad mini Retina 2 or iPad Air 2, it looks like Apple is ready to cover the entire fall lineup of iPhones and the iWatch with Sapphire so you can use them without worrying about scratches.

If you want to know more about the iPhone 6, you can read our complete rundown of iPhone 6 rumors, or check out the quick bullet points below.

  • iPhone 6 Screen Sizes – 4.7-inch iPhone and a 5.5-inch iPhone with 1704 x 960 resolution.
  • iPhone 6 Release Date – September for the 4.7-inch, October or November a 5.5-inch iPhone.
  • iPhone 6 Design – A new thinner iPhone 6 design with more metal, power button on the right.
  • iPhone 6 Specs – Apple A8 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP Camera, Touch ID.
  • iPhone 6 Price – Possible price jump of $50 to $100, Expect a higher price for a 5.5-inch iPhone.

It is possible that Apple’s investment in GT Advanced Technologies and demand for this much Sapphire will keep other companies from adding Sapphire to their smartphones.

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Facebook Messenger iPhone App Updated with Snapchat Video Feature

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 14:40

Facebook Messenger iPhone App Updated with Snapchat Video Feature is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Facebook Messenger has received a generous update in the form of instant 15-second videos that you can record and immediately send to your Facebook friends.

This feature is an expansion of previous Facebook Messenger updates that allowed users to instantly send photos and even record audio messages and send them instantly to Facebook Friends, as well as place free audio calls to other Facebook users who have the Messenger app installed, whether it’s on Android or iPhone.

This new feature set is a lot like how Snapchat works, where users can quickly take a photo or record a video and send it to another user in a matter of seconds. However, Facebook Messenger stands out in the fact that photos and videos don’t self-destruct after they’re viewed; Snapchat only gives users up to 10 seconds to view a photo or video.

What’s perhaps a bit curious about this latest update is the timing of it surrounding Facebook’s Snapchat clone app called Slingshot. If you’re not aware, Facebook launched its Slingshot app in the App Store a few days ago, but quickly pulled it for unknown reasons. Perhaps it was mistakingly launched too early?

In any case, this update to Facebook Messenger doesn’t replace Slingshot by any means, and it seems that the upcoming app is still planning to launch at some point in the future, as it will have exclusive features that Facebook Messenger won’t have.

In any case, on top of the addition of 15-second videos, Facebook Messenger has also added “Big Likes.” You probably already know about the big thumbs up symbol that you can send to Facebook friends in the app, but now you can press and hold that button to send an even bigger thumbs up, for those times when you really, really like something that they send you.

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It’s kind of unnecessary for the most part, but we suppose it’s something that a lot of users will have fun with.

We discussed in the past about how awesome Facebook Messenger is, as it’s one of the best-looking messaging apps we’ve used and comes with a wide variety of features without seeming too overbearing to most users.

Plus, Facebook Messenger makes for an excellent text message replacement. It’s a lot like other IM apps out on the market, like Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, etc, and the best part about these apps is that you can use them to replace traditional text messaging. If you have Facebook friends that you chat with constantly, it saves you from paying for extra text messaging from your carrier, which can get expensive really quick.

Of course, most cellular plans nowadays come with unlimited text messaging, so most users won’t be nailed with overages if they text too much, but since Facebook Messenger sends chats and messages over WiFi or 3G/LTE, it’s much faster at sending and receiving messages than traditional text messaging, and sending photos and videos over Facebook Messenger won’t take forever like a traditional cellular signal would.

Read: How to Download Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is simple, clean and easy to use. The same really can’t be said for the web interface. It seems like Facebook’s design changes constantly every few months, and consistency is hard to come by when using the Facebook website. Plus, the separation between Facebook Chat and the Messages platform can be confusing for a lot of users. Facebook Messenger simply combines both platforms to make it easier to use.

Facebook Chat on the web is also full of bugs. Plenty of times I’ll mark a message as read, but it still shows up as unread whenever I come back to Facebook later on. I’ve never had this issue on the mobile app, and I’ve never come across any kind of bug on the app in the first place, making it a great app to use without building a lot of aggravation.

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Issues, Impressions & Rumors

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 23:46

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Issues, Impressions & Rumors is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

At the beginning of last week, as if it had been saving the release for the day of Apple’s iOS 8 announcement, Google starting pushing out Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a bug fixer for its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. With the Android 4.4.3 KitKat situation settling down, we want to take an updated look at Google’s latest and detail alleged Android 4.4.3 KitKat problems, rumors and our own impressions for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 5.

Google didn’t announce the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update ahead of time but we knew that it was coming for Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 5 users. We knew because credible rumors pointed to its release. We knew because Google detailed the update in the AOSP. And we knew because its partners revealed the existence of the update ahead of time.

We did not, however, know when Google planned to release the new software. So, when Google released Android 4.4.3 KitKat for the first time last week, it came as a bit of a surprise.

If you want to install the Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 update make sure you give yourself time to deal with any issues.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat is Google’s latest Android update and it’s an update that brings a number of changes along with it. Among them, bug fixes for Android 4.4.2 problems, a new look to the dialer and some cosmetic changes to the People application. It’s an incremental update but it’s an important update nonetheless.

Now that the roll out has begun, we want to take another up close look at Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Here, we recap some of the biggest details we’ve seen come out of the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update, offer some initial impressions about the upgrade and take a look at lingering Android 4.4.3 KitKat rumors.

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat’s main objective is to tackle Android 4.4.2 KitKat issues. Google did not provide a full change log for the update but those interested in the bug fixes can sift through the code that Google left behind after it dumped the update in the AOSP. It fixes a lot of issues but as we pointed out earlier this week, Nexus users are starting to see some problems of their own.

Nexus users have taken to Google’s product forums to complain about various Android 4.4.3 KitKat problems. We’ve seen the usual complaints about battery life and Exchange and we’ve even see some complaints about bricked devices. Here are a few of the Android 4.4.3 problems that Nexus users are complaining about:

We detailed these Android 4.4.3 problems because we wanted to bring attention to them. Google probably isn’t going to roll an Android 4.4.4 KitKat update in the near future so users are going to have to rely on each other, and perhaps moderators on these product forums, for temporary and permanent fixes.

Most of the threads detailed here contain potential fixes. Most of the fixes involve booting the device into Safe Mode which temporarily disables third-party apps. Third-party applications will often cause trouble after a major Android update like Android 4.4.3 KitKat and booting into Safe Mode will help users single out an issue, if there is one.

Performing a factory reset is another option though it should only be used as a last resort and only after ensuring that important files are backed up.

If you’re running into issues, I highly suggest bringing them to Google’s attention on the product forums. Google employees have a presence there and it’s possible that Google will take complaints to heart and bake fixes into whatever is next, Android 4.5, Android 5.0, or whatever it ends up being called.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Impressions

Like many of you, we’ve been using Android 4.4.3 KitKat for the past week. And while we aren’t comfortable providing you with a full review of the software just yet, we are comfortable offering up some initial impressions for three Nexus devices, the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7. Keep in mind, we’re running stock software.

Nexus 4

According to my colleague Josh Smith, the Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is running smoothly. Battery life is solid, the camera app is working properly and he hasn’t experienced any random reboots or instability.

For more on his experience, check out his full review of Android 4.4.3 KitKat on the Nexus 4.

Nexus 7

He has also been using Android 4.4.3 KitKat on the Nexus 7 and specifically, the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi only model. He claims to have had no problems installing the software (we’ve seen a number of Nexus users complain about not being able to install Android 4.4.3) and the software appears to be working well.

He tells me that he hasn’t run into any significant bugs, that battery life is as good as it was in Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and that applications are all working properly. Unfortunately, I’m not able to give you any feedback on the Nexus 7 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update because my Nexus 7 2012 died for no apparent reason and I vowed never to buy another Nexus tablet. The Nexus 8 could bring me out of retirement though.

Nexus 5

What I can do though is offer up some initial impressions about the Nexus 5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. I’ll have a more detailed review available tomorrow but for now, I’ll touch on the basics.

The installation process took a grand total of 10 minutes or so from start to finish. This is a very small update, smaller than 100MB, so it didn’t take long to download and install.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat’s biggest changes are under the hood so what I’ll say is this. Since installing the Android 4.4.3, I haven’t run into any significant problems in the five areas that I typically look at: Apps, battery life, connectivity, speed, and bugs. Things appear to be as they were in Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

As I’ve said before, bugs will often show their face in the weeks after a release. So while things are looking very, very good, I’m not convinced that I won’t run into some problems down the road.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Rumors

So all of that pertains to the current Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates. Now, let’s take a look at what we think we know about Android 4.4.3 KitKat’s future.

Prior to the roll out, we heard that HTC was planning Android 4.4.3 KitKat upgrades for its regular old HTC One M8 and HTC One M7. Those updates, according to noted HTC insider LlabTooFeR, are slated to arrive this month though we don’t know when they might push out.

Samsung is also rumored to have an Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in the works. SamMobile says that the update is in development for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 LTE-A model though that remains unconfirmed.

Outside of those devices, we haven’t heard much. We imagine that the other versions of the Moto X might get Android 4.4.3 KitKat at some point but carriers remain mum on the prospects.

With rumors regarding a brand new Android release starting to heat up, it’s possible that some manufacturer will skip over Android 4.4.3 and release whatever is next for the Android platform. Google I/O is coming up later on this month and that’s as good a place as any for an Android update announcement.

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